Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Essential Extraordinary Form Resources

"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News (June 29, 2014):
If you are relatively new to the Latin Mass world, some basic orientation might be useful. Below is a list of recommended books and web resources that will help support your prayer life and keep you up to date on matters pertaining to the growing local and worldwide Extraordinary Form scene.

Web Sites & Blogs
New Liturgical Movement ( – Academically-oriented, photo-rich blog of worldwide news on the Extraordinary Form and traditionally-celebrated Ordinary Form.

Fr. Z’s Blog ( – A combination of news, opinion, and Rome-centric thinking on traditional Catholic matters.

Roráte Cæli ( – A key source of traditional Catholic news, albeit often written with an investigative journalist’s attitude.

Chant Cafe ( – The quasi-official blog of the Church Music Association of America. Filled with musical resources and recordings of performances.

Detroit Church Blog ( – Founded by Andrew Fanco and currently managed by Mark Nemecek, this blog showcases our local historic churches.

Musings of a Pertinacious Papist ( – The blog of Sacred Heart Major Seminary Professor Dr. Phil Blosser, this site reports on a spectrum of issues, philosophical, theological, liturgical, and political.
Hand Missals

If you would like a more comprehensive alternative to the paperback Red Missals, these are the best hand missals currently in print:
The Marian Daily Missal
( – Rich in devotional prayers, more accurate than other hand missals, uses florid language. The 1958 edition is the one currently in print, however the prized 1963 edition, now out of print, is possibly the best hand missal ever.

Baronius Press Daily Missal 1962
( – The only new hand missal printed in the past 40 years to have an imprimátur, the formal approval of a bishop. Be sure to get the latest “Summórum Pontíficum edition”. Suffers from mediocre proofreading and relatively small type fonts.

Angelus Press Missal
( – Published by a wing of the SSPX and lacking an imprimátur, this relatively new missal is nevertheless worth considering because of its larger type fonts.

It is best to avoid the ubiquitous Fr. Lasance Missal and St. Andrew Missal, as they are pre-1955 and do not contain the current Holy Week or Feasts instituted after their publication dates. Both also suffer from an excessive number of typographical errors and inaccurate Scriptural citations.
Prayer Books
Blessed Sacrament Prayerbook
( – The most comprehensive book of traditional Catholic prayers available. While the cited grants of Indulgences are out of date and no longer apply, the rich wording and broad selection of prayers will meet most any need. One of the only books to include the currently-indulgenced Little Offices.

Manual of Indulgences
( – The English edition of the currently in-force Indulgenced prayers and acts. Belongs in every Catholic’s library. Also available as an e-book from Amazon [which is a totally cool resource to display on your Kindle for all your heathen friends (- PP)].

Enchirídion Indulgentiárum
( – The original Latin edition of the Manual of Indulgences. Be sure to get the 2004 edition.
Spiritual Reading
Two classic books which lend themselves to slow, meditative reading:

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas À Kempis (

True Devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort (
Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 06/30 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph (Commemoration of St. Paul, Apostle)
  • Tue. 07/01 7:00 PM: High Mass at St. Benedict/Assumption-Windsor (Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ)
  • Fri. 07/04 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph (Sacred Heart of Jesus) [First Friday]
[Comments? Please e-mail Previous columns are available at This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit), Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), and Assumption (Windsor) bulletin inserts for June 29, 2014. Hat tip to A.B., author of the column.]

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